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Patterned Paper - Thank You

Patterned Paper – Thank You

Last week I worked on cards that were mostly white, so this week I needed some pops of color on my projects. Lively colors can help shake off the winter doldrums, if you ask me.

Patterned Paper - Birthday

Patterned Paper – Birthday

All of these cards are for OWH, and believe it or not now is the time to make Mother’s Day cards for them.  Below are three that I made using 6×6 patterned paper pads.  I love how well they mix and match.

 

Patterned Paper - Mother's Day

Patterned Paper – Mother’s Day

Patterned Paper - Mother's Day 2

Patterned Paper – Mother’s Day 2

Patterned Paper - Mother's Day 3

Patterned Paper – Mother’s Day 3

My favorite is the 3rd Mother’s Day card because of the retro feel to the colors and patterns.  I will be working on more pops of color this weekend with watercolor and will share soon.  TGIF!

Cards with a Religious Theme

My friends and I sometimes make cards for a local hospital’s chaplain who likes the cards to have a bit of a religious theme. Here is the latest batch I made for her, and I was excited to use some of my new stash of sequins to brighten them up. I didn’t use sequins on all of them because I was afraid they would make the cards look too feminine, and I enjoyed using some of my patterned papers and mixing and matching.

 

Dove Card Shades of Green

Dove Card
Shades of Green

 

Dove Card, Orange and Turquoise

Dove Card,
Orange and Turquoise

 

Dove Card Greens and Oranges

Dove Card
Greens and Oranges

 

Scrolled Cross Card

Scrolled Cross Card

 

Cross Card

Cross Card

 

God Bless You Card

God Bless You Card

 

Currently in the works are some special-request baby cards, and I am also enrolled in an online class called Watercolor for Card Makers. I am enjoying this class immensely and learning so much, but boy do I have a lot of practice ahead of me.  Also, Happy Mother’s Day to everyone out there, and especially to my Mom and Mother-In-Law who are some of my best encouragers ever.  Love you both!

Mares, Stallions, Fillies, and Colts

I made these cards back in 2010 and when I look at them now, I see a few things I would change. Overall, though, I am pretty happy with them. They are made with a set of Inkadinkado “horses” stamps, and the brown patterned papers are from an inexpensive set I bought at Michaels. I used VersaFine ink, one of my most favorites because it brings out minute details, in color vintage sepia.  I used a stippling brush around the horses because it reminded me of dirt that a horse might kick up when it gallops.

Galloping Horse

Galloping Horse

Handsome Horse

Handsome Horse

Pretty Mare

Pretty Mare

 On the card below I used a wood grain scrapbook paper and a denim paper as the background. I made the sewing holes with my Sew Easy stitch piercing tool and then hand stitched the stitches with a heavy thread. I thought the silver brads reminded me of rivets used on denim and I like the look of them on the card. If you know me, you know that sewing is definitely not my forte and I probably could have done a better job, but then again have you looked at the stitching on some store-bought denim jeans? Maybe I didn’t do so badly after all. 🙂 I really like this card a lot and hope to improve on it when I make the next batch.

Horse Portrait

Horse Portrait

Patterned Paper Play

Pattern Play Birthday Card

Pattern Play Birthday Card

Recently I took an Online Card Class called Pattern Play (click on the blog badge on the right side of my blog for more information).  Sometimes I struggle putting together different patterns of paper, and this class taught me quickly how to do that with my mismatched papers and so much more.  One of the main tips is to buy coordinating papers in 6×6 pads – the graphics are usually smaller and perfect for card making, and the papers are sure to match.  Takes out all the guesswork!  

 Here is my first attempt to CASE (copy and share everything) a card presented in the class by a talented card designer named Shari Carroll.  I used my Martha Stewart scoreboard to add texture by making random vertical and horizontal lines on the background paper.  I cut and punched various shapes to create this birthday card.  I used a mat stack by DCWV called Violet Leaf; I find the colors of these papers to be delicate, tranquil, and very pleasing to the eye.